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Boys soccer: Weekend roundup



Jesuit wins Champions League title

The roster may change, but the results remain the same. 

For the second straight season, Jesuit faced Wiregrass Ranch in the final of the Champions League. 

Once again, the Tigers prevailed, beating the Bulls 2-1. 

That was not the only tough opponent Jesuit had to get past to defend its title. In the semifinals, the Tigers beat rival Tampa Catholic 2-0. The Crusaders entered the match undefeated and national ranked. 

By winning the Champions League title — again — Jesuit remains undefeated (5-0) and has plenty of confidence as it tries to defend its Class 5A state title. 



Freedom 3, Lake Wales 2

Steinbrenner 6, King 0

Bayshore Christian 1, Universal Academy 1

Wharton 3, Wesley Chapel 0

Lennard 5, Armwood 2

Tampa Prep 2, Calvary Christian 0

Shorecrest 2, Mitchell 1

Durant 2, Plant 1

Cypress Creek 8, Zephyrhills 0

Leto 3, Chamberlain 0

Northside Christian 5, Lakeside Christian 0

St. Petersburg Catholic 5, Keswick Christian 3

Fivay 2, Gulf 0

Northeast 5, Pinellas Park 0

Osceola 9, Hollins 0

Prime time performers

F Jose Garcia-Calixtro, Sr., Lennard: Scored two goals and had an assist in a win over Armwood. 

MF Ryan Esajas, Jr., Fivay: Scored both of his team’s goals in a win over Gulf. 

F/MF Carlos Gonzalez, Sr., Leto: Scored two goals in a win over Chamberlain. 

F Jordan Peloubet, Sr., Tampa Prep: Assisted on both of the Terrapins’ goals in a win over Calvary Christian. 

MF Riley Pinney, Sr., Northeast: Led the Vikings in scoring with two goals and an assist in a win over Pinellas Park. 

MF Aidan Quinn, Sr., St. Petersburg Catholic: Finished with two goals and an assist in a win over Chamberlain. 

F/MF Nate Ryan, Jr., Steinbrenner: Had two goals and an assist in a win over King. 

MF Jayden Walsh, Sr., Osceola: Scored a team-high three goals in a win over Hollins. 



Cambridge Christian 7, Academy at the Lakes 1

Bell Creek Academy 3, Zephyrhills Christian 0

Bloomingdale 1, Riverview 1

Tampa Tech 2, Chamberlain 2

Plant 5, Jefferson 0

Robinson 1, Gaither 1

Plant City 9, Spoto 0

Lennard 10, Brandon 4

Sickles 9, Blake 0

Fivay 8, Hudson 0

Wharton 3, Armwood 0

Bradenton Saint Stephen’s 4, Indian Rocks Chrstian 3

Wiregrass Ranch 5, Carrollwood Day 0

Steinbrenner 3, Alonso 1

Tampa Prep 3, The Villages 3

Hillsborough 3, Middleton 1

Circle Christian 4, Seffner Christian 3

Strawberry Crest 2, Freedom 2

Crystal River 8, Central 0

Citrus 8, Central 0

Palm Harbor University 0, Seminole 0

Lakewood 3, South Sumter 0

Clearwater 3, Largo 2

Bradenton Christian 6, Northside Christian 1

Sunlake 5, Pasco 0

Nature Coast 5, Springstead 0

Weeki Wachee 3, Lecanto 1

Tampa Catholic 2, Clearwater Central Catholic 1

Prime time performers

MF Joe Anderson, Jr., Plant: Scored two goals in a win over Jefferson. 

F Jonathan Bohm, Sr., Fivay: Finished with a team-high four goals in a win over Hudson. 

MF Jeremy Caruso, So., Wiregrass Ranch: Had two goals and an assist in a win over Carrollwood Day. 

MF Jhonathan Herrera, So., Lennard: Led the Longhorns in scoring with three goals and an assist in a win over Brandon. 

D/GK Esteban Navarrete, Sr., Plant City: Scored two goals and had two assists in a win over Spoto. 

F/MF Yomar Peguero, Jr., Steinbrenner: Finished with two goals and an assist in a win over Alonso.

F Ronan Saligame, Sr., Hillsborough: Had a goal and an assist in a win over Middleton. 

F Ethan Sternberg, Sr., Sunlake: Led the Seahawks in scoring with two goals and two assists in a win over Pasco.  

D/MF Tristan Ruiz de Somocurcio, Jr., Tampa Prep: Scored two goals in a tie with The Villages.  

F/D Seth Tarbox, Sr., Weeki Wachee: Had a goal and two assists in a win over Lecanto. 

MF Estaban Vargas, Sr., Tampa Catholic: Recorded a goal and an assist in a win over Clearwater Central Catholic. 



Champions League semifinals

Jesuit 2, Tampa Catholic 0

Wiregrass Ranch 2, Mitchell 1

Champions League final

Jesuit 2, Wiregrass Ranch 1

Prime time performers

MF/F Greyson Canady, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch: Scored the Bulls lone goal in a championship match loss to Jesuit. 

MF George Carranza, Sr., Jesuit: Had a goal in a championship match win over Wiregrass Ranch. 

D/MF Christian Fairchild, Jr., Jesuit: Scored a goal in a semifinal win over Tampa Catholic and had an assist to help Wiregrass Ranch in the final. 

GK Phillip Falcon III, So., Jesuit: Recorded five saves to preserve a shutout in a semifinal win over Tampa Catholic. 

F Kellan Kirkpatrick-McMullan, Sr., Jesuit: Had a goal in a semifinal win over Tampa Catholic. 

F Joseph Ringewald, Sr., Jesuit: Scored a goal in a championship match win over Wiregrass Ranch. 

F/MF/D Brandon Robertson, Sr., Jesuit: Named MVP of the Champions League after his stellar play  in the semifinal against Tampa Catholic and final against Mitchell. 

D/MF Sammy Salas, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch: Led the Bulls with a goal and an assist in a semifinal win over Mitchell. 

F/MF Alec Santiago, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch: Finished with a goal in a semifinal win over Mitchell. 

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Soccer: Marcello Valbuena and Quinn Ryan are Alvarez honorees



Tampa Catholic’s Marcello Valbuena and Plant’s Quinn Ryan were named Alvarez award winners as the top boys and girls soccer players, respectively, in Hillsborough County. 

The award presentation, now in its 37th year, was held during a dinner ceremony on Tuesday.

Valbuena became the first player from Tampa Catholic to win the Jose A. Alvarez award as the top boys player.

The University of Tampa signee, who decided to play high school soccer for the first time after spending years at the club level, took top honors after finishing the season with 36 goals and five assists. In the 3A state title match, the senior forward connected on two goals within an eight-minute span to give Tampa Catholic its first lead, one that would last the rest of the match to secure the Crusaders’ first state title in boys soccer.  

“Marcello is the type of person who makes players around him better and the type of player  coaches dream about coaching,” Tampa Catholic coach Kevin McCarron said. “Prior to this year he had always been a center back in a defensive role. But our team needed someone to step up and play forward this year, and he did without hesitation.”

Valbuena has already been named the 3A player of the year and Mr. Soccer, the two awards given to the top boys player in each class and the overall winner in the sport by the Florida Dairy Farmers. He also was selected as the Gatorade state player of the year. 

Ryan won the Janet Alvarez award as the top girls player. It is the first time a player from Plant took top honors since Caroline Bado won the award in 2013. 

As a senior midfielder, Ryan led the Panthers to an 18-2 record and a state semifinal appearance. The USF signee scored a team-high 33 goals, including six in the region finals, and had nine assists. 

“Quinn has vision of play like no other,” Plant coach Alex Venegas said. “She has plenty of anticipation and is quick to the ball. As a striker and forward she has proven that once she has the ball on her feet it’s a sure score and why also name top scorer for two years in the county.”

Ryan’s performance helped her receive plenty of recognition. She was selected to the Western Conference team and was named the Class 7A state player of the year by the Florida Dairy Farmers. 

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FHSAA releases boys soccer class and district assignments



The Florida High School Athletic Association released the classifications, districts and regions for boys soccer this coming season. The assignments are based on student enrollment numbers from October 2020. This is a one-year cycle that the FHSAA board of directors voted on. There likely will be a two-year cycle starting with the 2022-23 calendar year. The classifications and districts for the other sports will be released at a later date. Below is the list for area teams. For the full  boy soccer list click here.  

Class 7A, District 6


East Lake

Palm Harbor University




Class 7A, District 7


Lakewood Ranch


Plant City


Class 6A, District 9


Land O’ Lakes




Pinellas Park


Class 6A, District 10



Strawberry Crest

Tampa Bay Tech


Wiregrass Ranch

Class 6A, District 11


Bradenton Manatee

East Bay




Class 5A, District 5





Ocala Vanguard


Class 5A, District 6

Cypress Creek




River Ridge

Wesley Chapel


Class 5A, District 8






Class 5A, District 9







Class 5A, District 10

Boca Ciega

Bradenton Bayshore

Bradenton Southeast



St. Petersburg

Class 4A, District 9




Nature Coast

South Sumter

Weeki Wachee

Class 4A, District 10







Tarpon Springs

Class 3A, District 5

Bell Creek

Brooks DeBartolo

Carrollwood Day

Lakeland Christian

Tampa Catholic

Tampa Prep

Class 3A, District 6

Berkeley Prep

Bishop McLaughlin

Calvary Christian

Clearwater Central Catholic

St. Petersburg Catholic

Class 2A, District 9

Academy at the Lakes

Bayshore Christian

Cambridge Christian


Seven Rivers Christian


Class 2A, District 10

Admiral Farragut

Bradenton Christian

Bradenton St. Stephens

Indian Rocks Christian

Keswick Christian

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PCAC boys soccer teams announced



Here are the Pinellas County Athletic Conference boys soccer teams. The players are from public schools in the county. The selections were made by the coaches. 

North division

First team

GK Shane Dever, Sr., Seminole

F Fernando Vargas-Reyes, Sr., Clearwater

F Jacob Rocha, Sr., Countryside

F Feliks Muka, Sr., Palm Harbor University

MF Brennan Ortega, Sr., Clearwater

MF Michael Gomes, Sr., Seminole

MF Logan Koster, Sr., Palm Harbor University

MF Vikrame Karkare, Sr., Largo

D Jose Pena, So., Clearwater

D Peter Michael, Sr., Countryside

D Julian Zeqiri, Sr., Countryside

D Andrew Ovalle, Sr., Seminole

Second team

GK Aheron Hirsch, Sr., Palm Harbor University

F Trevor Armstrong, Largo

F PJ Slaughter, Seminole

F Emone Barazza, Countryside

MF Danylo Akymenko, Countryside

MF Junior Maye-Ocana, Sr., Clearwater

MF Rennie Crookston, Sr., Palm Harbor University

MF Adam Lim, Largo

D Sebastian Vivanco, So., Clearwater

D Ty Lim, Sr., Largo

D Luke Kennedy, Sr., Palm Harbor University

D Mihailo Poljcic, Jr., Palm Harbor University

South division

First team

GK Colin Roberts, Sr., Osceola

F Omar Chafchaouni, Jr., Northeast

F Jayden Walsh, Sr., Osceola

F Gavin Swartzwelder, Jr., Lakewood

MF Syed Haddak, Jr., Northeast

MF Riley Pinney, Sr., Northeast

MF Alex Flores, Sr., St. Petersburg

MF Owen Noyes, Sr., St. Petersburg

D George Nikolaev, Sr., Lakewood

D Landon Levering, Sr., Osceola

D Max Bernhart, Sr., Lakewood

D Tom Precious, Sr., Northeast

Second team

GK Aidan Barnes, Jr., Lakewood

F Braden Harris, Sr., Boca Ciega

F Riley Duebel, Jr., Osceola

F Jornell Channer, Sr., St. Petersburg

MF Jake Beresford, Jr., Osceola

MF Kyle Conde, So., Lakewood

MF David Silvers, Sr., Lakewood

D Luka Savic, Sr., St. Petersburg

D Javier Santander, Jr., Northeast

D Aiden Beresford, Jr., Osceola

D Caleb Fruland, Sr., St. Petersburg

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